Ran ★★★½

I will accept my cancelation for not really caring about Ran...

This was about what I expected from a Shakespeare/Kurosawa epic, in that it's extremely impressive to look at, long, and theatrical. The colors and the editing are obviously great. As far as "madness arcs" go, Hidetora's is compelling. I just found the whole thing bloated, overcooked, and stiff. Maybe it's just a case of Shakespeare adaptations not holding any inherent value for me, because I had a similarly lukewarm reaction recently to Throne of Blood. This is a better film than Throne of Blood, but they're pretty clearly my two least favorite Kurosawa joints. A rewatch is inevitable at some point.

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